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Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lincoln rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Nebraska rate. The unemployment rate in Lincoln peaked in September 2009 at 4.5% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in July 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lincoln unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Nebraska 2.7% 0.0 -0.6
Lincoln 2.5% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lincoln, Nebraska, National

Lincoln, Nebraska monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lincoln peaked in February 2010 at 7,751. There are now 3,264 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,331 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 156. Lincoln employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lincoln, Nebraska) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lincoln 4,487 +156 -750

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lincoln, Nebraska Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nebraska
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployment Rate
Lincoln
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.5% 4,487
October
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.4% 4,331
September
2017
4.2% 2.8% 2.5% 4,527
August
2017
4.4% 2.8% 2.5% 4,575
July
2017
4.3% 2.8% 2.4% 4,372
June
2017
4.3% 2.9% 2.6% 4,570
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 2.7% 4,735
April
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.6% 4,629
March
2017
4.5% 3.1% 2.6% 4,578
February
2017
4.7% 3.2% 2.6% 4,657
January
2017
4.8% 3.3% 2.8% 5,089

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.